The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment supports courses in the disciplines of applied ecology and management, environmental sociology and environmental ethics. Many of the department’s courses are required in the Environment & Sustainability core curriculum and concentrations.

The department’s rich selection of courses emphasizes quantitative and analytical skills that will benefit students intending to pursue graduate study or jobs in environmental and related fields. Students considering careers in resource and ecosystem management, environmental policy or biodiversity conservation will be drawn to many of our academic opportunities. 

Want to learn more? Explore our course offerings.

Students in a classroom

A complete and current list of course offerings in natural resources can be found in the Cornell University Courses of Study guide.

The Capitol Building and fountain in Washington, D.C.

Our Environmental Policy Processes course (NTRES 4300, NTRES 4301, NTRES 4302) explores the creation, implementation and evaluation of environmental policy at the federal level.

Marc Goebel with students

NTRES 2100
In this field course, students are introduced to field identification, natural history, and study of plants, animals, and natural systems. This course emphasizes hands-on interaction with nature, recording of ecological phenomena, and awareness and understanding of the natural environment, including ecological concepts (e.g., ecosystem, community, habitat, and niches).